‘The PE and sport premium is a government grant given to schools and is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.’ (GOV.UK)
What is the Primary PE and Sport Premium?
The Government has provided £150 million of ‘Sport Premium’ funding per annum (academic year) to primary schools for the last 6 years to support the delivery of PE & School Sport. This funding is ring fenced and Ofsted reports on the expenditure and its impact.
Initially all schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils (5-11 yrs) received a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil, per annum and from the academic year 2017/18 the Government doubled the funding so each school received £16,000 and £10 per pupil on roll at the time of the January school census.
The Government does not dictate how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their active participation in sports.
Schools must spend this additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
What is the Purpose of the Primary PE and Sport Premium?
Vision - All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Objective - To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. To ensure sustainability and effective use of this investment, it is important that coaches are only deployed to deliver against indicators of improvement identified from the following: